(11 February 2020) – AEIDL is a partner in EPIC (European Platform for Integrating Cities), a three-year project funded by the EU’s Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).
EPIC addresses the challenge of integrating migrants, engaging medium-sized cities to strengthen their housing practices, and workplace and social integration policies. Targeted cities will be those that are able to share their expertise and support other local authorities.
The project brings together 16 organisations with ALDA, the European Association for Local Democracy, as the lead partner. These comprise seven NGOs and six municipalities (Brescia, Ioannina, Lisbon, Oberhausen, Gdansk, and Sisak). In addition, the project will involve AEIDL and the University College London as cross-cutting partners.
EPIC will start analysing the perceptions of the local and non-native born populations on migration and its impact on existing services. This will create the basis for launching 8 pilot projects to better address the needs and concerns at a local level, as well as a communication campaign to counter negative perceptions.